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      Do you have Vitamin K deficiency?

      Vitamin K is important to help blood clot and thus prevent excessive bleeding when a person is injured. When one is deficient in this, there can be uncontrolled bleeding. Usually this is uncommon in adults but those at high risk are heavy alcohol drinkers, severely malnourished people, those who take drugs that impact Vitamin K absorption and those with diseases that affect the absorption of nutrients in the digestive tract.

      Blood that does not clot

      If you find that your wounds don’t clot quickly, this may result in a dangerous loss of blood and can point to Vitamin K deficiency. Other signs are nose bleeding, bleeding gums, blood in the urine or stools and heavy periods.

      Heart problems

      When your body does not have enough of vitamin K, calcium might get deposited in soft tissues such as  the arteries, instead of the bones. When this happens, you don’t just get weak bones, it can lead to coronary heart disease as this vascular calcification is a risk factor. Those suffering from chronic kidney disease also tend to show a higher risk of vascular calcification. 

      Symptoms of arthritis

      When your body does not have enough of Vitamin K, your bone and cartilage may not be getting the proper nutrition they need. This puts you at a greater risk for osteoarthritis.

      Medications that can create issues

      If you are on a course of antibiotics for over a few weeks, your levels of Vitamin K may drop. Therefore, it’s important to take a supplement. In case you have been put on a bile acid sequestrant, do make sure you consult your doctor if you need a vitamin K supplement.

      Diseases & disorders

      Those with certain gastrointestinal disorders or malabsorption syndromes such as cystic fibrosis, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, chronic pancreatitis, and obstruction of the bowel duct or have had bariatric surgery are at higher risk for Vitamin K deficiency.


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